The MFL block is found in the FB Block towards the back of the school. MFL (one of Spanish, German, French) forms part of the core curriculum at KS3 and for some at KS4, with other students being able to choose it as an option. Groups are organised into sets in all year groups where possible. Students can elect to study Spainsh, German or French as post-16 courses.

What will students learn in MFL?

Students will communicate with other people, finding out how language works and learning about different countries and cultures. Students will:

  • be able to share your interests, ideas and opinions with other people who speak the language
  • develop core literacy and grammar skills
  • learn about countries where the language is spoken
  • add an international dimension to their subjects, which is something many employers and higher education providers look for
  • learn many skills which are useful in a wide range of careers, such as the ability to communicate clearly, being confident about speaking in public and using problem solving strategies
  • create greater opportunities to work abroad, or for companies in the UK with international links. Many employers look for people with language skills.

What is GCSE MFL like?

Each MFL subject follows an Edexcel course (French 1FR0, German 1GN0 and Spanish 1SP0). Lessons will offer students the chance to develop their speaking, listening and writing skills in the language of their choice. Students will work to prepare for the following assessments –

*Two role-plays. Scenario is set. Students will be expected to interact and communicate on topics covered, incl. initiating conversations and responding to unexpected questions. Stimulus will be provided for both.
*A conversation that will cover any of the main themes covered in class. Learners will be given opportunity to cover extended sequences of speech. Subject content covered in role-plays will not be repeated.

*a short list of items in the assessed language *short pieces of writing with specified content from the main themes *extended piece of writing e.g. email, letter or promotional material with specified content (approx. 100-120 words) *a translation of simple sentences from English into German (min. 35 words). * Writing of e.g. an email, letter or promotional material with specified content (approx. 100-120 words) * a shorter piece of writing with specified content * an extended more complex piece of writing e.g. a letter, email, web page (approx. 120-150 words) * a translation of a short passage from English into German (min. 50 words).

In the listening test, you will answer questions on recorded material from different topic areas. In the reading test, you will answer questions about texts on different topics, for example adverts, newspaper articles, literary texts (adapted) and e-mails.
Reading paper also includes translation of short passages into English (min. 35 words foundation tier and min. 50 words for higher tier).

Students Taking GCSE in 2019

Spanish KS4 Curriculum Map

Students Taking GCSE in 2020

Spanish KS4 Curriculum Map

How are students assessed at GCSE?

Speaking - Foundation or higher - 25% of the final grade
Writing - Foundation or higher - 25% of the final grade examination
Reading & Listening - Foundation (1hr15) Higher (1 h45) 25% each of the final grade

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